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New Tallest Building West of the Mississippi Now Open

Friday was the first day the public could walk into Los Angeles' new iconic skyscraper. The Wilshire Grand is noteworthy for more than just its height.
June 24, 2017, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Wilshire Grand while still under construction last year.

"After three years of construction, the Wilshire Grand Center opens its doors to the public Friday," reports Andrea Bernstein. "The 73-story building includes restaurants, stores, offices and a nearly 900-room hotel."

The building holds a special distinction: "At 1,100 feet, the skyscraper is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (82 feet taller than the US Bank building, which previously held that distinction)."

Bernstein provides angles into what makes the new skyscraper noteworthy, including the lack of a helipad on its roof.

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Published on Friday, June 23, 2017 in KPCC
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